4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

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(from left) Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao; officers involved in George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.

An indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao. Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and unreasonable force by a police officer. All four are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the federal prosecution “is entirely appropriate.”

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